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The adventure of English : 500AD to 2000 : the biography of a language

Author: Melvyn Bragg
Publisher: London : Hodder & Stoughton, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this book Melvyn Bragg shows us the remarkable story of the English Language; from its beginnings as a minor guttural Germanic dialect to its position today as a truly established global language. Along the way its colorful story takes in a host of characters and locations, from the early tribes, Alfred the Great's stubborn resistance to the Danes, and through its early literary masterpieces such as Beowulf and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Melvyn Bragg
ISBN: 0340829915 9780340829912
OCLC Number: 52695144
Description: xii, 354 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. The Common Tongue --
2. The Great Escape --
3. Conquest --
4. Holding On --
5. The Speech of Kings --
6. Chaucer --
7. God's English --
8. English and the Language of the State --
9. William Tyndale's Bible --
10. A Renaissance of Words --
11. Preparing the Ground --
12. Shakespeare's English --
13. 'My America' --
14. Wild West Words --
15. Sold Down the River --
16. Mastering the Language --
17. The Proper Way to Talk --
18. Steam, Streets and Slang --
19. Indian Takeover --
20. The West Indies --
21. Advance Australia --
22. Warts and All --
23. All Over the World --
24. And Now ...?
Responsibility: Melvyn Bragg.
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'Melvyn Bragg's superb new history of the English language is told as an adventure story, and rightly so. There is much splendid intellectual firepower in this book, as one might have expected from Read more...

 
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